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    Testalonga, El Bandito Cortez 2021

    This is golden in the glass with a soft, wild honey aroma. There's a great depth to this with freshly baked bread and ripe fruit with a complex minerality and slight salinity on the finish. 

    Craig Hawkins is a something of a superstar in the world of natural wines. After learning his craft in Portugal he returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top estate Lammershoek before moving on to make his own wines from various small, organic sites around the Swartland. The El Bandito range is Testalonga's premium offering, from old vines, always single vineyard, single variety the aim is to make wine from grapes and nothing else. 

    Would pair brilliantly with a fresh spring dish with seasonal asparagus and peas. 

    South Africa, Coastal Region

    Chenin Blanc